Funding of €755,577 has been issued to a proposed event series in Mayo under the Live Performance Support Scheme (LPSS ), it was announced this week, with the funding varying from €26,446 to €159,536 issued for nine proposed event series by organisers based in Mayo.
Funding has been allocated for the following events: (1 ) €26,446 to Westport Woods Hotel for Local music performances; (2 ) €42,314 to FOM Productions ltd for an Irish music, song and dance show for live audience and streaming; (3 ) €42,314 for Garbo's Venue and Hogs Heaven Bar for outdoor and streamed live music and comedy events featuring Irish performers; (4 ) €52,892 to McWilliam Park Hospitality Ltd for a showcase of country music through the summer; (5 ) €58,181 to Storm Films Ltd for Waking Wonders – a feminist-centred Irish Trad Arts stage show that celebrates the rite of the Irish Wake and other Celtic/Pagan/Catholic feminine icons form Lughnasdh to Mary Magdalene; (6 ) €100,495 to MEPC Music Limited for Michael English & his Band tour in various hotels/theatres around Ireland; (7 ) €126,941 to A & G Music Production & Event Management for a number of performances with Cover Band Ireland; (8 ) €146,458 to TF Productions Ltd for 'Songs For Ireland' Concerts live from Glór Ennis & Bord Gáis Energy Theatre with Tommy Fleming & full band also Tommy’s Tavern Tunes and (9 ) €159,536 to The TF Royal Hotel & Theatre for A Wild Atlantic Cultural journey, themed through music, dance and literary arts, of Connacht, the Gaeltacht and its Islands.
Fine Gael Spokesperson on Tourism and Sport, Deputy Alan Dillon, welcomed confirmation that nine proposed event series in Mayo will receive over three quarters of a million euro under the scheme.
Deputy Dillon said: "The allocation of the Live Performance Support Scheme to nine organisations in Mayo will be an injection of €755,577 for a sector that has suffered greatly during the pandemic.
"I know this funding will assist in the employment of performers, artists, technicians, creative and performance support staff across the sector, bringing much-needed employment to many who have not had work for many months. It will be great to be able to look forward to some fabulous artistic and musical output for which our county is well known. Equally important, it will be enjoyed by so many who have missed live music."
His party and constituency colleague Deputy Michael Ring said: "This funding under the LPSS will assist commercial venues, producers and promoters to plan live performances across the county over the summer months.
"This scheme is part of a €50 million suite of measures to support the live entertainment sector. The scheme was developed in consultation with the sector, the main objective of this scheme is to provide significant employment and wellbeing opportunities across the live entertainment sector and will support the continued generation of high quality artistic output for the general public.
"The scheme aims to support live performances particularly where capacity for live attendance is restricted due to Covid-19, and where funding will make live performances viable or alternatively make them available online if audiences cannot attend due to restrictions."